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Ten Essential Avant-garde Listens

Taste is like a muscle. To grow, it needs to be exercised; and, the more it is exercised, the stronger it grows, and the less satisfying lighter material becomes to it. Therefore, the path of any serious music listener inevitably leads to the avant-garde, as the genre is home to music's most extreme outliers. Of course, not all material under avant-garde's moniker is good; indeed, it is home to a multitude of pretentious, atonal wankery. However, the genre is also home to some truly outstanding, mind-bending releases, and it is the purpose of this list to introduce ten of them to you.
1John Cage
2Charles Ives
The Unanswered Question, for orchestra
3John Zorn
Xu Feng: John Zorn's Game Pieces Volume 1
4Mr. Bungle
Disco Volante
5Naked City
Naked City
Pulse Demon
8Kayo Dot
Choirs of the Eye
It's Understood
10Colin Stetson
New History Warfare, Vol 2: Judges
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